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Communicating Research Findings: Conference Posters & Visual Abstracts

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The Creating conference posters: Practical tips document below provides practical guidance on creating effective conference posters. Use it as a step-by-step guide or dip into a section relevant to your needs.

Sections include:

  • Poster format
  • Structure
  • Layout
  • Text and colour
  • Images and diagrams
  • Graphs and charts
  • Where to print

The Library runs regular webinars on How to prepare a conference poster. Check the Library training calendar via the link below to view dates.

Training - How to prepare a conference poster

Templates - Monash Health posters

Monash Health conference poster templates can be downloaded and edited to suit your requirements. Choose from the PowerPoint or Canva formats below. Several different layouts are available.


PowerPoint  - Portrait - A0 size

PowerPoint - Landscape - A0 size

PowerPoint - Landscape - 16:9 size

The 16:9 aspect ratio is commonly used for digital/virtual conference posters.

Canva templates - design software

You will need a Canva account to open and edit these Monash Health templates -- create a free account at

Note: These templates are set to A0 size. Resizing a Canva template requires a PRO account. Contact the library if you need assistance resizing. 

New to Canva? 

Attend a Canva beginner workshop

Research Poster Templates

Research Poster Resources 

Visual Abstracts

Example visual abstracts - to get inspiration:

Templates and guidance

Image source: Ibrahim, A.M. (2018). Use of a visual abstract to disseminate scientific research. Pg.9.

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